Program Overview

  • Get the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be a successful professional in the design industry. In this three-trimester programme, you'll learn the art of bringing ideas to life—from conception to design to construction.

  • Delve into an area of your choice in this industry-focused, professional qualification with the School of Design Innovation. Assess new technologies and investigate the social, cultural, environmental and economic implications of design on our world.

  • Through a combination of coursework and supervised research you'll gain a greater understanding of the process of creating value through design.


WellingtonNew Zealand

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 62,050


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For this programme you’ll need to:




  • Research Methods (DSDN 481)

  • Design Research Innovation Portfolio (DSDN 593)

Complete courses worth 60 points from:


  • Narrative Design (COMD 411)

  • Design Led Futures (DSDN 411)

  • Practicum (DSDN 463)

  • DSDN 485-486

  • DSDN 487-489

  • DSDN 490-493

  • Fashion Cultures (FADN 411)

  • Creative Digital Manufacturing (INDN 441)

  • Affective Interaction Design (IXXN 411)

  • Experimental Design for Decentralised Media & Networks (MDDN 412)

  • Creative Artificial Intelligence (MDDN 443)

  • Computer Generated Culture (MDDN 444)

  • Advanced Theory (SIDN 472)

Other 400-level courses in the School of Design Innovation, if approved by the Head of School

Academic requirements for international students

To be accepted into this programme you will need:


  • A Bachelor of Design Innovation or Graduate Diploma in Design Innovation from this university, with at least a B average, or an approved alternative

  • To be accepted by the Head of School as being capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:


  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

  • Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

  • EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

  • C1 Advanced (Previously - Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) or C2 Proficiency (Previously – Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with a score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169.

  • New Zealand Certificates in English Language (NZCEL): Level 5 (Academic)

  • NZAPA: English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2)

Estimated international fees for 2023:


  • NZ$ 62,050 for the full programme

You'll be ready for a career in many design-oriented fields within the public and private sectors.


You might work as:


  • an industrial

  • interior or product designer

  • an art director

  • visual effects artist

  • jeweller

  • exhibition designer

  • digital animator

  • a web designer.


Because you'll gain a broad range of skills during your studies, you'll also be able to find opportunities for careers beyond the mainstream profession.


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